Technology is constantly changing the way we learn and teach in the classroom. Apps have become an incredible resource for teachers to increase engagement and enthusiasm in their students. An app does not have to include math or science to be considered educational nowadays. Educating the mind in other ways, such as through teaching mindfulness or through promoting creativity, is equally important, especially as we navigate the pandemic. There are thousands of educational apps available, but we did the research for you, and compiled a list of the Top 5 apps to use in the junior high classroom.


Kahoot is a quiz-based game, intended to engage students in class or virtually, making it a great option for online learning. Teachers can set up the Kahoots (quizzes) or encourage students to create their own for presentations or group projects. Kahoot makes learning fun and allows students to put their learning to the test in a unique way.



Duolingo is a great app for learning a language. It allows for students to move at their own pace and is easy to use for all learning levels. It is designed to be effective and efficient, with quick, “bite-sized lessons” so students will stay focused. Students will stay motivated by earning points and unlocking new levels while gaining real-world communication skills.



Quizlet is an app students can use to study for exams during class time or on their own. Quizlet includes expert explanations for solving questions, a flash card tool, and millions of study sets right at their fingertips.



Paper is an award-winning sketching app that students can use as a tool to let their creativity run free. Students use the app as a tool for writing, drawing, note-taking, and more! Whether they use it in their free time or during class, it will encourage students to think outside the box and bring great ideas to life.



Headspace is an app used for mindfulness and meditation. Headspace offers hundreds of guided meditations that will help with everything from managing everyday stress and anxiety, to sleep, focus, and mind-body health. Getting students to engage in short meditations will be beneficial to their overall learning and personal growth.